can you tell me the name of this one
Hi I saw this in Thailand and wanted to know its name . sorry the photos arnt very good
Thanks Bruce

Hi Bruce,
Your very blurry insect is a Lanternfly.

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Striped Morning Spinx Moth?
Hi. I live in San Diego, and this morning it was almost as though we were under attack by moths. Everywhere. Like a scene from The Birds, all over town. I have a slight insect phobia, so it was just a little creepy. Most of them were much smaller than the one in the photo attached, and appeared to be of a different type, but were hovering above the flowering bushes and trees sucking the nectar. At any rate, there were some that were very hummingbird-like, and I think I was successful using your site to identify this little fellow (lady?) resting on my black-eyed susan vine. Is there a time of year for a sudden hatch-out? Where are they coming from, and what are they doing? Besides eating and mating, at any rate? And what damage do their caterpillar babies do? In my fantasy world they would eat the aphids and whitefliess that are plaguing my roses, but I suppose what they really eat are fuschias and black eyed susan vines, huh? Thanks,
Kel in San Diego

Hi Kel,
Your identification of a Striped Morning Sphinx or White Lined Sphinx, Hyles lineata, is correct. We expect a population explosion of the Striped Morning Sphinx and its caterpillar this year in Southern California because of our unseasonal rains and the plethora of desert vegetation. Our good friend and neighbor, Julian Donahue, a lepidopterist, just sent us the following fact list on Hyles lineata: “1. This is So. Cal’s most common hawk moth, and are especially common in the deserts, where hundreds of moths can come to a single light in one night. 2. In “good” desert years, the larvae can be so abundant that desert highways are slick with their crushed bodies. 3. In the desert, larvae mostly prefer evening primroses (Camissonia and Oenothera), which are also in the fuschsia family (Onagraceae)–demonstrating once again that moths are excellent botanists! Tuttle (2007, The Hawk Moths of North America) also reports that in the West the larvae also feed on members of the plant family Nyctaginaceae [e.g., Abronia (sand verbena) and Mirabilis (four o'clock)]. 4. Native Americans have harvested the larvae as food. 5. United States’ most widely distributed hawk moth, occuring in every state except Alaska, as far north as southern Canada, from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. 6. Pupation occurs in a loose cocoon of silk on or just below the surface of the ground. 7. Larvae have several color forms, ranging from green to black. 8. Two other related species in North America: the more widely distributed but much more northern Hyles gallii, which also occurs in Europe and feeds on similar hostplants, and Hyles euphorbiae, a native of Europe and Eurasia that has been introduced with only limited success to control pest species of spurge (Euphorbia species) in north central and northeastern U.S. and adjacent Canada. Julian”

Toe Biter
I’m currently in Iraq on my 2nd tour and found this guy walking around our hanger. After snapping a few photos I went about the task of trying to identify it. Found out that its a toe biter. Good thing I didnt let my hands get to close. I set him free when I was done to prevent someone from killing him. Well the next night I came to work, I found him squished on the ground. I will keep looking for more now. We have Dung Beetles here too if you want a pic I will get one for your site.

Hi Jerrad,
Thanks for sending your photo of a Toe-Biter. We look forward to getting your Dung Beetle image. We also want to wish you a safe and speedy return home.

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bug ID
I’m not sure what this is. Found them on an oak tree in my yard. In Houston, TX. Thanks
James Benton

Hi James,
These are Bark Lice, Cerastipsocus venosus, but we like the common name Tree Cattle. The immature Tree Cattle are boldly striped black and yellow creatures without wings. Tree Cattle will not harm your trees as they eat lichens and fungus.

Yellow and black bug
This was taken in the Mojave desert in SE CA (San Bernardino County) It was a fast moving bug about the size of a dime. I saw a similar bug in the desert of San Diego County but the insect was white in the place that this one is yellow. Both were crawling on the ground.

Hi Nancy,
This is a Desert Spider Beetle, a Blister Beetle in the genus Cysteodemus.

a bug of course
I was picking up my children’s playroom, and from the edge of the carpet – crammed between the wall & carpet – I grabbed what i thought was a clump of lint, thread, something like that. To my horror it was not lint! What is this thing? It’s “shell” is hard, and textured. On each end it has what could be mistaken for eyes; however, it pulls it’s head inside it’s “shell” to hide; along with pulling its antennae in, and pulls it’s legs all in tightly to it’s sides. Then it “plays dead”, i guess. It’s moving all over the place now (well, inside the little container it’s in), but as soon as i pick up the container, it does that all over again, and goes dormant for quite a while before coming back “out” again. We live in SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA. Our house is at the bottom of several small hills. We’ve had dozens of weird insects/bugs; and spiders have become the norm. We’ve also had lots of snakes, including rattlers. (don’t know if that’s relevant or not) Thanks,
San Diego

Hi Joanne,
This is a Diabolical Ironclad Beetle, Phloeodes diabolicum, and your description is quite accurate. Despite the ominous name, the Diabolical Ironclad Beetle is not a threat to your household. Adults are often found under bark and eat fungus